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Stable fire in North Salem

Published in THE JOURNAL NEWS, July 14, 2000:

In the wake of the horrific fire at Breakaway Stables that claimed the lives of 31 horses, several questions come to mind:

The people of North Salem say that they 'love' horses, that it is a 'horse community' - yet none of the most basic safety features were in place to prevent this tragedy. Could it be their 'love' is only evident when the animal is of use to them in shows and competitions?

And if they 'love' horses, why does this love not extend to the horses in the rodeo that North Salem plays host to annually - a rodeo that is a blatant cruelty fest in which horses wearing painful groin straps are gored and hit in order to make them buck, in which terrified baby animals are chased down, dragged and hogtied for 'entertainment,' in which horses end their sad lives at a slaughterhouse after repeated injury?

It is time that horses and all other living beings no longer be considered our property or moneymaking machines. Non-human animals feel pain, joy and fear just like their human counterparts. A little less 'love' and more respect, responsibility and common decency toward our brethren can only contribute to a true and profound love for ourselves and each other.

Kiley Blackman

Elizabeth Boris

The writers are members of Animal Defenders of Westchester

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